Crews working to restore power following outage in Barrie – Global News

Crews working to restore power following outage in Barrie - Global News
Downed power lines spark on Barrie street
Crews are working to restore power following an outage in Barrie on Thursday afternoon, according to utility company Alectra.

According to Alectra’s website, the cause of the outage is an equipment failure, and the estimated restoration time is between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Barrie police say people are reporting traffic light outages on Bayfield Street. Officers are reminding residents that if lights are out, drivers must treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Approximately 399 homes and businesses were hit with a power outage around noon as two downed phases (live wires) affected the Bayfield Mall and surrounding area.

According to the Simcoe County District School Board, the Learning Centres’ Barrie location and the Career Centre are closed due to a power outage at the Bayfield Mall. Thursday night school has also been cancelled.

Due to a power outage at the Bayfield Mall, the Learning Centres Barrie location and the Career Centre are closed. Night school has been cancelled tonight, Thursday Oct. 31. Thank you for your [email protected] @CareerCentreSC

The intersection of Argyle Road and Glenwood Drive was the main area that Alectra workers had closed off to traffic.

Power lines are down in the area of Glenwood Drive and Argyle Road in Barrie on Thurs., Oct. 31, 2019 (Steve Mansbridge/CTV Barrie)

"Thankfully it didn’t happen when kids were walking home from school or trick or treating.”

When CTV News cameraman, Steve Mansbridge, arrived at Glenwood Avenue near Argyle Road hydro lines were sparking on the street.

At its peak, Alectra Utility reported nearly 5,000 customers without power in the area of Bayfield and Kozlov streets.

Some people telling CTV News that the Bayfield and Kozlov malls both lost power for a time during the outage.

The Halloween forecast is a spooky one, with wet, windy and cold conditions expected, forcing many people to alter their plans.